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Iowa's courts include District Courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Iowa Supreme Court. Iowa's 99 counties are divided into 8 districts, each having a District Court that handles the majority of cases, including small claims, juvenile, mental health, violation of city/county ordinance, criminal, probate, domestic relations, and general civil cases. If you appeal a District Court decision in Iowa, it will be reviewed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The Iowa Supreme Court is the state's highest court and hears appellate court appeals.

If you're seeking information regarding Iowa court records, you can visit, Iowa's online docket record search website. This website provides information including case titles, a list of filings, and child support and fine payments, as well as a copy of the court docket. Additional information, including case schedules, exhibit lists, bonds, and lien indexes is available for an additional $25 monthly charge. Copies of Iowa court documents aren't found on this website. If you're seeking copies of Iowa state court records, you'll need to contact the clerk of court office for the county in which the records are held.
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23, Aug 2014 - Bertrand and Goosmann Law Firm Appeal Defamation Case to U.S. Supreme Court
Senator Rick Bertrand has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court (Bertrand v. Mullin and The Iowa Democratic Party). The Iowa Supreme Court recently overturned the hard-won verdict, decided by a jury of Senator Bertrand’s peers. (PRWeb August 23, 2014) Read the full story at
23, Aug 2014 - Des Moines, IA Trial delay ordered in phony AIDS research case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has ordered a delay in the trial of a former Iowa State University researcher charged with falsifying data to make a developmental AIDS vaccine appear promising. The Sept. 2 trial for Dong-Pyou Han is scheduled for Sept. 29 after a judge ...
23, Aug 2014 - Benton, IA Mackenzie recovering at home after another ER visit
An Iowa cancer patient is recovering at home after another emergency room transfusion as a Scott County judge pushed back his sentencing on marijuana charges.
23, Aug 2014 - MC man's 10-year prison sentenced upheld
MASON CITY | The Iowa Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld a Mason City man's 10-year prison sentence.
23, Aug 2014 - Court orders new trial for disruptive defendant
The Iowa Court of Appeals is ordering a new trial for an Iowa man who was excluded from his original trial because of disruptive behavior.
23, Aug 2014 - Johnson, IA Solon man pleads guilty in Regina steroid hoax
IOWA CITY — The Solon man behind the Regina steroid hoax has pleaded guilty to harassment and interference with official acts. According to court documents, on Thursday, 44-year-old Daniel L....
23, Aug 2014 - Group in Iowa seeks lawyers to represent unaccompanied immigrant children
As the U.S. government works to expedite deportation hearings for an estimated 60,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who have arrived in this country from Central America over the past year, a group of Iowa lawyers is working to make sure children who have arrived in the state receive their fair day in court. Many of these children have viable legal claims to stay here under federal law, said ...
23, Aug 2014 - Cedar, IA Iowa man gets 13 years for drugs, guns charge
A Marion man has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to using drugs while in possession of guns and ammunition.
23, Aug 2014 - Fayette, IA Judge threatens contempt over courthouse photos
IOWA CITY (AP) — The photo would have been splashed across the front page: Deputies transporting a small-town mayor to his first court appearance on charges of sexually abusing two girls. But the Fayette County Union declined Tuesday to publish the shot after a judge warned he would punish the weekly newspaper in northeastern Iowa and photographer Jerry Blue for doing so.
23, Aug 2014 - Wright, IA Man escapes from Coralville work release facility Thursday
CORALVILLE (AP) — A 37-year-old inmate has been listed as escaped from the Iowa work release facility in Coralville. The Iowa Corrections Department said today that Michael Wright didn’t return from his job on Thursday. He’d been transferred to the Coralville facility on June 16. The department says Wright’s prison time began July 27, 2010. He was convicted on two counts of domestic abuse and ...
23, Aug 2014 - Des Moines, IA David Flores Facing New Charge, Accused of Fleeing Prosecution
DES MOINES, Iowa – David Flores, the man freed after serving 16 years in prison after being granted a new trial in a 1996 slaying, is accused of fleeing prosecution in a different criminal case. According to the Des Moines Register, Flores, 37, was charged with flight to avoid prosecution. Flores said that he fled Des Moines after he was charged with domestic abuse, willful injury and false ...
23, Aug 2014 - Neb. Refuses to Issue Driver's License With Lesbian's Married Name
Because the state doesn't recognize Sue Stroesser's Iowa marriage, she can't get a license with her married name on it without going to court. read more
23, Aug 2014 - 22 Iowa jails refusing immigration detainers
DES MOINES (AP) — Officials at 22 Iowa county jails have stopped accepting requests from federal immigration authorities to hold people in jail without a court order, the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa said Monday.
23, Aug 2014 - Ottumwa, IA Man convicted of killing wife seeks new trial
The lawyer for a southeast Iowa man convicted of killing his pregnant wife is seeking a new trial.
23, Aug 2014 - Digest: Iowa Supreme Court sets dates for community input
The Iowa Supreme Court on Monday announced its 2014-2015 adjudicative term calendar, including special sessions to hear oral arguments in communities around the state.
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